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DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Some of us went to dinner, and Grapefruit, my club's sourpuss member, came along.

"I'm surprised he takes meals," Cy the Cynic told me. "The man's so negative I didn't think he'd even eat food that agreed with him."

When Grapefruit's steak came, he eyed its ungenerous size in disgust. "This is no restaurant," he growled, "it's a Bureau of Missing Portions."

Back at the club, Grapefruit had to locate a missing person -- the queen of diamonds -- in today's deal. He took the ace of clubs, led a heart to the king, finessed with the jack and cashed the ace. West threw a spade. Grapefruit then shrugged and took the A-K of diamonds. East showed out, and the result was down three.

Nobody dared say a word, of course. Would you find the missing queen?

West was known to have four clubs and two hearts. If he had only two diamonds, he'd have five spades and would have led a spade against 3NT. Grapefruit needed to cash the ace of diamonds and let the jack ride.

You hold: A 10 8 Q 10 9 3 6 K J 9 7 4. The dealer, at your left, opens one spade. Your partner doubles, and the next player raises to two spades. What do you say?

A: Your partner has opening values or more and support for the unbid suits, especially hearts. Since he probably has a singleton spade, and you have a fine 10 points, stretch slightly and bid four hearts. You'd compete with a bid of three hearts if your ace of spades were a low spade.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable

NORTH
K J 2
K 6 5
K 10 8 3 2
8 3
WEST
9 7 6 5
8 4
Q 9 5
Q 10 6 2
EAST
A 10 8
Q 10 9 3
6
K J 9 7 4
SOUTH
Q 4 3
A J 7 2
A J 7 4
A 5
South West North East
1 NTPass3 NTAll Pass
Opening lead -- 2

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